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Still relatively untouched, Laos provides the definitive South East Asia adventure travels. Largely untainted by hoards of tourism, like Thailand or Vietnam for example, Laos offers truly authentic experiences. Stop by and chat with the engaging and warm locals and you will immediately bare witness to the endearing and laid-back Laos culture.
You will inevitably be familiar with the Laos tubing tours that brought a lot of attention to Laos for backpackers, however, with that now being banned due to lack of safety, all focus is back on the real gems and cultural experiences of Laos.
Vientiane is Laos’ capital and despite constant steps moving forward this capital city is still described as the most relaxed capital city in the world. The Languid nature of Laos is a welcome one from the hustle and bustle of Thailand and alike. The contrasts are compelling, in what is a constant battle between a communist past and an ever-nearing capitalist Laos.
Feast your eyes on the vibrant colors on showcase as you are welcomed to the fascinating city of Luang Prabang. Being a UNESCO world heritage site, this peaceful city is devoid of unwelcome trucks and lorries which maintains the infectious charm. Surrounded by mountains and with the therapeutic river sounds pervading the streets, Luang Prabang can reinvigorate even the most jaded of travelers.
Vieng Xai is another town that excels in being aesthetically unimaginable. The town lies in a stunning valley of colorful hills and stunning limestone cliffs, a combination that elicits a photo at too many opportunities. A truly beautiful stop-off point that shimmers with color and a tour of the caves and the history of the city will illuminate just how far Laos has come since the war.
Laos tours would certainly be incomplete without adventure activities such as the thrilling gibbon experience, a synthesis of pure adrenaline and appreciation over the conservation of the wonderful wildlife. On this 3 day adventure, you will turn from human into Tarzan/superhero as you navigate the forest on your zip-lines and cross paths with lions, leopards, black bears and of course gibbons.
For a religious experience and a look into beautiful ancient architecture, head to the famous Wat Phu Champasak, an archaeological site that contains meticulous statue work and a palpable spiritual essence. Alternatively, go to Wat Ho Pha Bang for more spiritual harmony.
November through to March is the most advised time to visit Laos, with dry days and cool nights.
April through to July can be intolerably hot and the frequent downpours add to the humidity.
Like most South East Asian countries, Laos uses a lot of spices and herbs in their cuisine. Lemongrass and fish sauce are particularly popular.
Sticky rice is a staple dish in Laos, often accompanied by fresh fish or meat which is often uncooked (similar to ceviche).
A cooking course on your Laos tours is recommended, especially to learn the unique and distinctive way of turning simple vegetables and herbs into wholesome and rustic dishes.
Lao jungle food with the ever-present sticky rice.
The trip was very nice, the guide competent and driver super. Kamea always available for all our questions and very reliable for all the requests
Bravo for well planned Indochina Tours and thank you Toni so much for one of the most amazing experiences of my life. From the first contact, Toni worked with us to provide the perfect itinerary for 21 Days tour in Indochina. The programme for Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia was well thought out and varied and our guides in each cities, drivers, vehicles, hotels and lunches were also excellent, well informed, professional and personable. We especially loved Mr Toong our guide in Luang Prabang, Laos. There are no other words to better describe this trip than life changing.Read More Read More Less
Back home after a great trip, I just wanted to thank you and everybody at the agency for your excellent work all over. It is been a pleasure dealing with you and I shall recommend you to anyone who is interested in visiting Southeast Asia.
Everything was organized with the greatest efficiency. All our guides were absolutely first class, very punctual, knowledgeable and delightful people (amongst others Thet Khiang in Bagan, Dann Nu Naing Naing in Mandalay and Wanna Chea in Siem Reap), the hotels were all most satisfactory and the programmes were all of the greatest interest. We really enjoyed the experience very much and look forward to returning to your part of the world in the future, in which case we will surely be contacting you again.
From the moment our guide, My, met us at the airport we knew we would be in good hands throughout our trip. With the expert advice and help of Phuong in the office, and our wonderful expert guides in the three places we visited, the two week mixed business and pleasure trip went off without a single hitch. Whenever we asked our guides to make last minute changes, there were no problems adjusting our schedule whenever possible. I was most concerned about my serious food allergies; my wife is a vegetarian. Wherever we ate while with our guides, the restaurants had been informed in advance of our food restrictions. Phuong even prepared a print-out in Vietnamese and English of my allergies for us to present to restaurants when we were eating on our own, including instructing the chefs on the avoidance of cross-contamination of utensils, etc.
We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Phuong!
Phuong planned an excellent 10 day trip for us in Cambodia. We went to Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. Overall the trip was great and the level of service we received was fantastic. We were met by our guide at the airport on arrival and immediately felt at ease and knew we'd be in safe hands. The hotels in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap (Raffles and Heritage) were of an extremely high quality and great value for money. Our tour guide in Phnom Penh also took us from Sihanoukville to the airport and when she came to collect us it was like seeing an old friend. The trip was extremely well planned and we were very impressed that they took the time to check during our stay that everything was going well. If we were to go on the trip again we probably would not include Sihanoukville on the itinerary as there are better beaches in Thailand but this is not a criticism of Phuong who had actually advised us to stick to the cultural sights. The team seems genuinely concerned to ensure you have the holiday of a lifetime which is very refreshing. We would highly recommend Phuong and her team and would be thrilled to travel with them again.Read More Read More Less